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  • Russian tycoon says Jewish roots will hamper his political ambitions

    MOSCOW, July 18 (JTA) — One of Russia’s wealthiest and most powerful men said his Jewish roots will hinder his run for a seat in the Russian Parliament. “Of course, this problem exists for me in connection to the next election campaign,” Boris Berezovsky said in a television interview Saturday with the ORT channel, which…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Russian Jews hear loud message from political silence after stabbing

    MOSCOW, July 15 (JTA) — In contrast to Israeli and American leaders, who swiftly and unambiguously condemned the stabbing of a Jewish leader in Moscow’s Choral Synagogue earlier this week, Russian politicians have been quiet about the attack. Their silence is a “bad sign,” according to Pavel Feldblum, the executive vice president of the Moscow…

  • Moscow synagogue attacker lashes out against Jewish ‘evil

    MOSCOW, July 14 (JTA) — The young man who stabbed a prominent Moscow Jewish leader on Tuesday said he wanted to combat what he calls the “evil” of Judaism. Nikita Krivchun, a 20-year-old Moscow student, denied that he is a member of a neo-Nazi group and insists that he did not have any help in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Assad’s quest for arms in Russia will not earn him friends in Israel

    MOSCOW, July 6 (JTA) — While Syrian President Hafez Assad and his Russian hosts talked about the Middle East peace process, Assad had a different priority during his meetings here this week: an estimated $2 billion arms purchase from Moscow. Indeed, this became a matter for concern at the U.S. State Department, which issued a…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Ukraine bans Jewish mogul, charging ‘damage to economy

    MOSCOW, June 29 (JTA) — Ukraine has banned a Ukrainian Israeli business mogul from entering the former Soviet republic for five years for allegedly causing “considerable damage to Ukraine’s economy” through his business activities. A Ukrainian native, 46-year-old Vadim Rabinovich is an Israeli citizen and one of the leaders of the 500,000-strong Jewish community of…

  • Israeli ambassador calls Lithuania a Nazi haven, angering lawmakers

    MOSCOW, June 24 (JTA) — Once again, Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania has managed to raise the hackles of many of that Baltic nation’s politicians. And once again, he touched on the same hot-button accusation: that Lithuania’s poor record of prosecuting suspected Nazi war criminals proves that the country has turned into a haven for Nazi…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Rabbi’s letter highlights growing conflict between Ukraine’s O

    MOSCOW, June 23 (JTA) — Add Ukraine to the list of countries wracked by tensions among Judaism”s different streams. A letter recently issued by the office of Ukraine”s top Orthodox rabbi is angering Reform Jewish leaders in the former Soviet republic — and in the United States. It is also spotlighting the strained relations between…

  • Russian Jew describes torture at hands of Chechen kidnappers

    MOSCOW, June 21 (JTA) — A Jewish officer in the Russian army who was kidnapped last year in the breakaway republic of Chechnya has been freed in a prisoner swap. After his June 16 release, Lt. Sergei Fishman, 25, told JTA that his kidnappers in Chechnya had tortured him, singling him out for especially harsh…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD New center for neglected children provides Jewish refuge in Moscow

    MOSCOW, June 21 (JTA) — Small and painfully thin, Dima looks younger than his 6 years. In the past few years, Dima’s mother abandoned his family; his father, suffering from health and financial problems, could not take proper care of him. This month, Dima joined 27 other Jewish boys and girls between the ages of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Jewish leaders wary as tycoons restore their influence in Russia

    MOSCOW, May 23 (JTA) — Just a few weeks ago, a group of once-influential Russian tycoons and young political reformers, some of whom have Jewish roots, had hit rock bottom. Indeed, two of them were the subject of criminal investigations. But since Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed the government of Yevgeny Primakov and appointed Sergei…